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October 2021

Empowering the aged - A postmodern approach

Journal/Book: Int J Aging Human Develop. 1999; 49: 26 Austin Ave, Amityville, NY 11701, USA. Baywood Publ Co Inc. 165-177.

Abstract: With the growth of the elderly population, the theme of empowerment and its actual negotiation will emerge as an issue of great importance. The aged are vulnerable in many ways and occupy still relatively limited social roles with restricted access to social goods. They are often undermined in their desire for self-determination. It is suggested that by introducing a postmodern approach in helping this group, the basic principles of social work can be enriched. Empowerment that includes opportunities for growth, mastery, significance, and meaning can be substantially increased. This article outlines the rationale for this approach and discusses the process of collaboration, the therapeutic relationship, and intervention strategies. While this article is limited to the elderly, the appreciation of the postmodern approach has implications for people in need for other populations as well.

Note: Article Schindler R, Rutgers State Univ, Sch Social Work, New Brunswick,NJ 08903 USA

Keyword(s): FAMILY-THERAPY; PSYCHOLOGY; METAPHOR; STORY; SELF


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